EXCLUSIVE: Devalued Sterling may quit Liverpool
Published 22:31 22/03/12 By Darren Lewis
Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling could quit the club this summer, with his mum keen for him to move back to London.
Tottenham are monitoring the 17-year-old’s progress, whose frustration at a lack of senior action has been well-documented.
Now, Sterling’s mother Nadine is ready to force the issue by pushing for a return south to Harlesden in north London.
The England Under-18 forward, who can also play on the wing, currently lives in Walton with his mum, two-year-old brother and 10-year-old sister.
But his mother fears he is not making progress at Anfield as other youngsters are being integrated into first teams at other clubs.
A string of defensively minded youngsters, including Jon Flanagan, Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson and Jay Spearing, have made it into the Liverpool first team in recent years.
But no young striker has come through to play in Liverpool’s first team since Neil Mellor in the 2002-03 season and Michael Owen in 1997.
Sterling is widely seen as the best young prospect at Liverpool and hit a superb goal against an experienced Arsenal this week in a 1-1 draw for the reserves.
And Liverpool have refused to accept loan bids for him from a string of clubs, including Bolton, Swansea, West Ham and both Sheffield clubs.